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Works: 18,498 works in 37,077 publications in 31 languages and 411,707 library holdings
Genres: Utopian fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Trials, litigation, etc  Dialogues (Literature)  History  Juvenile works  Handbooks and manuals  Graphic novels  Fiction  Biography 
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Classifications: JC71, 184
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Most widely held works about Plato
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Most widely held works by Plato
The republic by Plato( Book )

1,239 editions published between 1551 and 2019 in 22 languages and held by 14,863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toward the end of the astonishing period of Athenian creativity that furnished Western civilization with the greater part of its intellectual, artistic, and political wealth, Plato wrote The Republic, his discussion of the nature and meaning of justice and of the ideal state and its ruler. All subsequent European thinking about these subjects owes its character, directly or indirectly, to this most famous (and most accessible) of the Platonic dialogues. Although he describes a society that looks to some like the ideal human community and to others like a totalitarian nightmare, in the course of his description Plato raises enduringly relevant questions about politics, art, education, and the general conduct of life
Symposium by Plato( )

530 editions published between 1711 and 2019 in 14 languages and held by 9,336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this celebrated masterpiece Plato imagines a high-society dinner party in Athens in 416 B.C. at which the guests each deliver a short speech in praise of love
Gorgias by Plato( )

264 editions published between 1541 and 2019 in 15 languages and held by 7,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Gorgias is a vivid introduction to central problems of moral and political philosophy. In answer to an eloquent attack on morality as conspiration of the weak against the strong, Plato develops his own doctrine, insisting that the benefits of being moral always outweigh any benefits to be won from immorality. He applies his views to such questions as the errors of democracy, the role of the political expert in society, and the justification of punishment. In the notes to this translation, Professor Irwin discusses the historical and social context of the dialogue, expounds and criticizes the arguments, and tries above all to suggest the questions a modern reader ought to raise about Plato's doctrines
Protagoras by Plato( )

336 editions published between 1736 and 2019 in 17 languages and held by 6,848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In addition to its interest as one of Plato's most brilliant dramatic masterpieces, the Protagoras presents a vivid picture of the crisis of fifth-century Greek thought, in which traditional values and conceptions of man were subjected on the one hand to the criticism of the Sophists and on the other to the far more radical criticism of Socrates. The dialogue deals with many themes which are central to the ethical theories which Plato developed under the influence of Socrates, notably the nature of human excellence, the relation of knowledge to right conduct, and the place of pleasure in the g
Phaedrus by Plato( )

208 editions published between 1810 and 2019 in 13 languages and held by 5,493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. Socrates reveals it to be a kind of divine madness that can allow our souls to grow wings and soar to their greatest heights. Then the conversation changes direction and turns to a discussion of rhetoric, which must be based on truth passionately sought, thus allying it to philosophy. The dialogue closes by denigrating the value of the written word in any context, compared to the living teaching of a Socratic philosopher." "The shifts of topic and register have given rise to doubts about the unity of the dialogue, doubts which are addressed in the introduction to this volume. Full explanatory notes also elucidate issues throughout the dialogue that might puzzle a modern reader."--Jacket
Phaedo by Plato( Book )

526 editions published between 1553 and 2019 in 13 languages and held by 5,391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The notes also aim to provide the kind of help with Plato's Greek which is needed by comparative beginners in the language, but the commentary is intended for any student, classical scholar, or philosopher with an interest in the close reading of Plato
The dialogues of Plato by Plato( )

72 editions published between 1823 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 4,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Apology, Phaedo, and Crito of Plato by Plato( )

333 editions published between 1541 and 2019 in 12 languages and held by 4,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Allegory of the Cave by Plato from The Republic by Plato and translated by Benjamin Jowett. The Allegory of the Cave or Plato's Cave was presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work Republic to compare "the effect of education and the lack of it on our nature". It is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates, narrated by the latter. The allegory is presented after the analogy of the sun and the analogy of the divided line. All three are characterized in relation to dialectic at the end of Books VII and VIII. Plato has Socrates describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them, and give names to these shadows. The shadows are the prisoners' reality. Socrates explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not reality at all for he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the manufactured reality that is the shadows seen by the prisoners. -- back cover
Plato's Parmenides by Plato( )

28 editions published between 1865 and 2016 in English and German and held by 2,590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This work presents an illuminating new translation of the dialogue together with an extensive introduction and running commentary, giving a unified explanation of the Parmenides and integrating it firmly within the context of Plato's metaphysics and methodology." "Scolnicov shows that in the Parmenides Plato addresses the most serious challenge to his own philosophy: the monism of Parmenides and the Eleatics. In addition to providing a serious rebuttal to Parmenides, Plato here reformulates his own theory of forms and participation, arguments that are central to the whole of Platonic thought, and provides these concepts with a rigorous logical and philosophical foundation. In Scolnicov's analysis, the Parmenides emerges as an extension of ideas from Plato's middle dialogues and as an opening to the later dialogues." "This translation follows the Greek closely, and the commentary affords the Greekless reader a clear understanding of how Scolnicov's interpretation emerges from the text. This volume will provide a valuable introduction and framework for understanding a dialogue that continues to generate lively discussion today."--Jacket
The Republic of Plato by Plato( Book )

158 editions published between 1763 and 2018 in English and Multiple languages and held by 1,916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some current views of Justice - Justice in the state and in the individual - The philosopher king - The decline of society and of the soul - Comparison of the just and unjust lives - The quarrel between philosophy and poetry - Immortality and the rewards of justice
Charmides, or temperance by Platón( )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 1,915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is a well-known saying that the whole of Western Philosophy is footnotes of Plato. This is because his writings have set the schema that philosophy can be said to have followed ever since. Following the teachings of Socrates, Plato's works are among the world's greatest literature. This is a dialogue in which Socrates asks Charmids to explain his conception of the modesty which he possesses. The dialogue leads to a confession of ignorance
Lysis by Plato( )

14 editions published between 1551 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Socrates, Lysis, and Menexenus try to define friendship. The dialogue leads to a confession of ignorance"--Provided by publisher
Philebus by Platón( )

14 editions published between 1820 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Tragedy and Comedy of Life, Seth Benardete focuses on the idea of the good in what is widely regarded as one of Plato's most challenging and complex dialogues, the Philebus. Traditionally the Philebus is interpreted as affirming the doctrine that the good resides in thought and mind rather than in pleasure or the body. Benardete challenges this view, arguing that Socrates vindicates the life of the mind over against the life of pleasure not by separating the two and advocating a strict asceticism, but by mixing pleasure and pain with mind in such a way that the philosophic life emerges as the only possible human life. Benardete combines a probing and challenging commentary that subtly mirrors and illumines the complexities of this dialogue with the finest English translation of the Philebus yet available. The result is a work that will be of great value to classicists, philosophers, and political theorists alike
Menexenus by Platón( )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A dialogue between Socrates and Menexenus (not to be confused with Socrates's son Menexenus). Most of the dialogue consists of a funeral oration"--Provided by publisher
Meno II by Platón( )

in English and held by 1,797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The seventh letter by Platón( )

in English and held by 1,790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Plato reader by Platón( )

7 editions published between 1967 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Republic of Plato by Plato( Book )

228 editions published between 1852 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The late James Adam's edition of The Republic of Plato was published in 1902 and has long been out of print; it still remains among the most detailed and valuable critical editions available. D. A. Rees, Fellow and Tutor of Jesus College, Oxford, has written an introduction of 15,000 words for this edition. In it, he surveys Adam's work on The Republic and reviews subsequent work on the textual problems, language and meaning of the book. The book is divided into two volumes; Volume I. Introduction and Books I-V, and Volume II, printed here, Books VI-X and Indexes
Selected myths by Plato( )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2019 in English and held by 1,375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume brings together ten of the most celebrated Platonic myths, from eight of Plato's dialogues ranging from the early Protagoras and Gorgias to the late Timaeus and Critias. They include the famous myth of the cave from Republic as well as 'The Judgement of Souls' and 'The Birth of Love'. Each myth is a self-contained story, prefaced by a short explanatory note, while the introduction considers Plato's use of myth and imagery."--Jacket
Meno by Plato( Book )

76 editions published between 1550 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 1,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Important and influential Socratic dialogue addresses some of philosophy's most fundamental questions, including the definition of virtue and the nature and possibility of a priori (innate) knowledge. Jowett translation
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